About BCSPI

The British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative (BCSPI) is a public sector initiative that helps local governments and institutional purchasers turn their procurement dollars into achievable and measurable community benefits

Purpose

To incubate a Social Procurement Initiative for British Columbia that supports local governments and institutional purchasers in implementing social procurement best practices

Vision

Local governments and institutional purchasers in British Columbia have access to professional development, resources and advice to develop tools and skills to implement social procurement

Mission

To improve the health of our communities and the strength of our economies by changing the culture of public sector procurement

Are the dollars you spend benefiting your local community?

In British Columbia, local governments and other large purchasers spend billions of dollars each year on goods, services and infrastructure projects. By incorporating social procurement practices this purchasing power could open doors to employment, increase local training, support local businesses and provide many additional community benefits.

Social procurement is a growing best practice that aligns procurement spend to provide added value and community benefits. The British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative (BCSPI) aims to take this best practice thinking and approach, and help build a more resilient and more inclusive Province.

Download the BCSPI brochure

BCSPI makes social procurement implementation manageable & achievable by adding capacity with step-by-step coaching, training, templates, and examples to support the heavy lifting involved in implementing new organizational practices & procedures. By mobilizing their existing spending to create social value, BCSPI members are unlocking the doors to stronger and more resilient local economies by changing the culture of public sector procurement.

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BCSPI has trained almost 200 staff and supported implementation of social procurement in over 100 pilot projects across over $250 million of public spending

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Read the Phase 1 Report

CCSPI was established in 2018 as a pilot for local governments on Vancouver Island and in the Coastal Communities to test and implement social procurement practices.

In it’s 2-year pilot phase, CCSPI members realized over $200 million in social procurement spend by adding social value to their purchasing practices, generating significant community benefits from existing procurement dollars at a time when their local economies needed it most.

This report chronicles the first two years of the Initiative, which is unique in Canada as a regional approach, and how these new practices that can help to unlock additional social value from an organization’s existing spending are changing the culture of public sector procurement.

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BCSPI governance

BCSPI is a public sector initiative governed by a steering committee made up of elected officials and staff at which all local government members are invited to sit. The steering committee meets quarterly and oversees the work of the initiative. Quarterly steering committee reports are available to all members via the BCSPI member portal. 

BCSPI project delivery team

Participating governments & organizations

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